Applications are invited from individuals, multi-disciplinary teams or community groups for this annual prize, which is $100,000 USD for the winner and $25,000 USD for each of the other two finalists.
Anyone wishing to enter the 2016 prize should complete the online entry form at www.thestandrewsprize.com by 31 October 2015. The shortlisted entries will be invited for a more substantial submission in January 2016. Three submissions will then be selected as finalists and they will be asked to attend a seminar at the University of St Andrews in April 2016. Following presentation of their projects to the Trustees and invited delegates at the seminar, the winner will be selected and announced.
The primary objective of the prize is to find innovative solutions to environmental challenges. The solutions should be practical, scalable and able to be replicated in other places, combining good science, economic reality and political acceptability. The prize offers people from all backgrounds around the world the chance to help transform their environmental ideas into reality and also provides a network of connections and support.
A multi-level conservation project from the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF) which aims to protect the largest remaining population of wild chimpanzees on the Foutah Djallon-Bafing River (FDBR) region in Guinea, West Africa won the prize in 2015. The aim of the project is to preserve the chimpanzees and their habitat through a participatory process including local populations and Guinean State services in an area of roughly 8,000 square kilometres of semi-mountainous, moderately anthropised and relatively well preserved landscapes. The funding is directly contributing to chimpanzee conservation activities signalling that they can work and at the same time can profit the human population.
The St Andrews Prize for the Environment is an environmental initiative by the University of St Andrews in Scotland, which attracts scholars of international repute and carries out world-class teaching and research, and independent exploration and production company ConocoPhillips. Recognising significant contributions to environmental conservation since its launch in 1998, the prize has attracted over 4,000 entries from around the world on a wide range of diverse topics including biodiversity, sustainable development, urban regeneration, recycling, health, water and waste issues and renewable energy. The submissions for the prize are assessed by eminent trustees from science, industry, and government.
Full details about the Prize, and the entry process are available from the website www.thestandrewsprize.com or from the St Andrews Prize for the Environment office at St Andrews University on Tel + 44 (0)1334 462161.